November 2013 – January 2014 Update

I hope everyone had a great holiday season. I believe December was one of the coldest and driest on record for Grand Island. It looks like habitat could be somewhat limited again this spring despite our wet fall. Everything can change pretty quickly though, so let’s hope for a few wet

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July – September 2013 Update

Duck season is here, and the timely rains have provided more water than we have had in several years.  As the birds arrive, they will find great habitat conditions.  It has been very rewarding watching the RWBJV partners implement the Habitat Management Initiative.  Based on an initial assessment, conditions have

April – June 2013 Update

I hope everyone had an enjoyable 4th of July.  With the wet spring wetland restoration projects were slowed, but it appears we are going to have a hot dry summer.  This should allow the RWBJV partners to resume what could be one of the busiest habitat restoration and management seasons

January – March 2013 Update

The birds have arrived and departed the basins several times this spring.  Each time the birds head north, another late spring storm forces them back to central Nebraska.  Despite the limited habitat on the landscape, the basins have been loaded with waterfowl, this spring.  Although drought conditions have resulted in

October-November 2012 Update

Happy Holidays to all the RWBJV Partners. This year marks one of our most successful years for the partnership, despite record commodity and land prices. This year the RWBJV leveraged 4.1 million dollars in federal and nonfederal funds to impact 6,310 acres in the 21 counties associated with the Rainwater Basin

July – September 2012 Update

There has been a striking nip in the air the last several days. I am looking forward to fall and the upcoming hunting seasons. Hopefully the wetlands will catch some timely rains; with record production on the breeding grounds we just need water – could be some fantastic hunting opportunities

May – June 2012 Update

With the drought conditions, construction projects have been in full swing.  Thanks to all of the partners that have made this a successful year. Projects The RWBJV partners were able to develop seven perpetual conservation easements this year as part of two Nebraska Environmental Trust grants.  These easements protect just

April 2012 Update

As always migration was awe inspiring this spring.  Thanks to all of the partners that have worked so hard to ensure the RWB continues to provide the critical wetland habitat.   Projects The RWBJV had its most successful year ever in FY 2011.  The partners leveraged $2,796,975.70 in project funds

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